Michele Freeman began her law enforcement career in 1992 with the City of Las Vegas Department of Public Safety as a Corrections Officer. She served as Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and as a privileged member of the department’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) prior to being named Deputy Chief in 2006. She was appointed Chief of the department in June 2011. Chief Freeman leads 452 civilian and Category I and III sworn employees and provides fiscal management of the department’s $84 million dollar budget.
Chief Freeman is an active member of several organizations to include, the American Jail Association, International Chiefs of Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, Nevada Peace Officers’ Standards and Training, Veteran’s Tribute Career, and Technical Academy and Trauma Intervention Program.
Under her leadership, the City of Las Vegas Department of Public Safety is advancing through progressive 21st-century strategies essential in contemporary law enforcement. She has been a continuous champion of mental health support, suicide awareness, and prevention and has maintained an ongoing commitment to her employees and their well-being. Through her perseverance, the department added its first, dedicated, Crisis Intervention Administrator; a trained mental health professional who provides support to the department through education and counsel to those encountering crises.
Chief Freeman is a graduate of the 249th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. She is a graduate of the 206th class of the renowned Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, a Master’s Certificate in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a strong emphasis in Sociology and Psychology and an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. She is the recipient of both Management and Executive Certifications from the Nevada State Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Commission, which are the highest certifications awarded to sworn personnel. Chief Freeman is a Certified Jail Manager, one of only seven in the State of Nevada. Education and training are two of Michele’s great passions. She leads by example in her commitment to developing the workforce, consistently educating herself and seeking opportunities to improve. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral Degree in Public Policy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
Molly Bradley Hudgens is in her twentieth year as an educator in the Cheatham County School System where she works as a school counselor at Sycamore Middle School in Pleasant View, Tennessee. In addition to her counseling role, Mrs. Hudgens is also a member of SMS’s Crisis Management and Response Team and the Cheatham County School System’s Safety Team. She has also served as a trainer for the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department.
After a personal experience in college, her interest in violence prevention and safety sparked a desire to educate others who work with intervening in the lives of potentially violent teenagers. Her in-depth study on school shootings and the teenagers who commit these acts, “Recognizing Red Flags,” has been utilized to train professionals in the fields of education, law enforcement, juvenile probation, and juvenile court. The training focuses on understanding the three types of school shooters and how to use threat assessment tools as an intervention to prevent violent acts in a school and community setting.
Mrs. Hudgens put her training to use on September 28, 2016, when she talked a student with a loaded handgun out of committing a mass shooting at Sycamore Middle School. The 2004-2005 and 2016-2017 Sycamore Middle School and Cheatham County Middle School Teacher of the
The Conference was very informative and had practical roundtable sessions. I recommend this conference to any Head of Security. Its a great way to network with fellow professionals.